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Rs. 80-crore target for railway spares export

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TIRUCHI, NOV. 10. The Rail India Technical and Economic Services (RITES) Limited, a government enterprise functioning under the Railway Ministry, has set a Rs. 80-crore target for export of rolling stocks and other spares this financial year, the Executive Director, J.S. Marwah, said today.

Addressing a press conference at the Goldenrock Railway Workshop here, he said export of rolling stock during the previous financial year was to the tune of Rs. 71 crores. Pointing out that rolling stock manufactured in the country was being exported through RITES, he said the organisation exported 65 locomotives to Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Tanzania and Bangladesh.

To keep pace with the stiff competitive environment, the RITES had devised suitable strategies in that direction. The RITES took efforts to grow at 10 per cent every year, he said.

The manufacture and export of locomotives for overseas markets had enabled the railways to learn a lot in the last 15 years especially in the area of designing. Besides making designs for locomotives, the railway designers were designing tracks and making designs for overhead equipment.

Apart from manufacturing metre gauge locomotives for export, the RITES produced cape gauge locomotives, besides working on standard gauge locomotives.

He said the workshop modified four "in-service" metre gauge locomotives as cape gauge locomotives for the Sudan Railway Corporation. Three new cape gauge locomotives for Sudan would be manufactured at the Diesel Locomotive Works at Varanasi before the end of the current financial year.

He said two service engineers and a driving instructor from the workshop would leave for Sudan to commission locomotives there. Mr. Marwah said Sudan had 40 traction motors for overhauling and the works would be completed at the locomotives rebuild shops across the country.

Locomotives despatched

Earlier, four refurbished cape gauge locomotives were despatched to Sudan at a brief function held at the workshop.

The cape gauge locomotives, fitted with centre buffer coupler, had a air brake system in place of vacuum brake system and was fitted with twin beam headlights.

Mr. Kasturi Rangan said Rs. 25 crores had been sanctioned for machinery and plant programme for upgrading workshops.

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